Letter to the Editor: This short-term rental license issue needs to be resolved quickly | SummitDaily.com

Letter to the Editor: This short-term rental license issue needs to be resolved quickly

Lee King

Like many residents and property owners, I have been following the town’s painfully slow progress on the short-term rental license issue plaguing the real estate market in Breckenridge.

Let’s not forget the town created this problem out of thin air last November without an iota of a clue on how to fix the problem they created. They then added insult to injury by permitting properties they deemed exempt from the moratorium to continue to obtain short-term rentals, creating a monopoly and sending those property values soaring. The town still allows anyone buying one of those properties to obtain a short-term rental license while everyone else waits for our benevolent government. Thanks for representing all of us, town council. Regretfully, I voted for some of you. That won’t happen again.

The proposed bill was posted on the Taxpayer Bill of Rights website on July 19, and it was stated in a prior work session that the first reading would occur on July 26. The short-term rental issue does not appear anywhere on the agendas for the July 26 Town Council work session or regular meeting.

So, here we are. Eight months later, property owners continue to be held hostage due to an arbitrary Taxpayer Bill of Rights regulation and the inability of the Town Council and mayor to do what they committed to do during the June 28 and July 12 work sessions — expediently move the short-term rental issue forward. Take your boot off our necks and do what you committed to doing. Move the short-term rental bill forward or say it’s dead. If it is dead, I can at least join a class action lawsuit with other property owners.

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